May 17, 2012
Living Plan IT has developed its Urban operating system designed to power the smart cities of the future by connecting key services such as water, transport and energy. The company will be testing the new operating system in London.
With partners including Hitachi, Phillips and Greenwich council, it aims to use the Greenwich peninsula as a test bed for new technologies running on the system.
In one newly built office block, Living Plan IT plans to implant thousands of sensors that will monitor external and internal conditions to create smart lighting and heating systems. It also plans to test smart lamp posts which will be able to talk to each other, producing their own energy, raising lighting levels when cars are coming, and monitoring the movement of traffic. Other technologies to be tested include smart vests that have micro sensors embedded in them to monitor heart rate and other vital signs.
Living Plan IT estimates that globally £13 trillion will be spent in developing and regenerating urban spaces between now and 2020.